Don’t wait to report unprotected outdoor pets
The Cumberland County SPCA is urging dog owners to remember their pets due to the upcoming storm and reminds them of the newly enacted tether law. Video produced by Justin Odendhal
Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, the temperatures have moderated closer to normal for our area. What a challenge it has been! For the past two weeks, we have been inundated at the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter with calls about pets without adequate shelter. Having only two investigators covering all of Cumberland County, we’ve had to rely on help from all of our local animal control officers to respond to the volume of reports.
As a reminder, we ask that anytime you notice a pet outdoors that may not have proper protection from the weather, please call us immediately. Don’t wait until temperatures are below or above the norms. As a quick refresher, outdoor enclosures should be just big enough for the animal to stand up, turn around and lay down comfortably. Shelters should be placed out of the wind and, if possible, have a flap on the door; they should also be raised a couple of inches off the ground. Straw is the best bedding to use as blankets will hold moisture. Following these guidelines will help your pets retain their body heat.
Many people are not aware that this past summer Gov. Chris Christie signed a law that makes it illegal to have a dog kept outside between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. The law takes effect in February.
On a lighter note, the puppies at my home are doing great! They are 3 weeks old and just starting to do something other than sleep, eat and grow. They are wobbling around on their short little legs, mouthing each other a little, and responding to sounds and smells other than those of their mother. I can already tell which one of them is going to be the clingiest; the biggest boy is also the biggest baby! He is actually starting to cry for attention and is climbing over his litter mates to get to wherever we are outside of the whelping box. It will be very interesting to watch their individual personalities emerge as they mature. They continue to transform constantly as the shape of their heads and faces become more defined and their coloring and markings seem to change on a daily basis. There are new videos for you to view at thedailyjournal.com.
These 3-week-old puppies are currently under the care of the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter and will be available for adoption in February. Video by Bev Greco, South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter
There’s a big difference in size between Valentino, the runt, and the big guy, Romeo. Valentino is less than half his size. We are also starting to notice that they have very short snouts and, although this may change, they appear almost pug-like. My curiosity over their parentage has finally gotten the best of me and I went online and purchased a Wisdom Panel, a DNA test for dogs. The kit comes in the mail with two swabs that are used to take samples from the inside of their cheeks. You then go online, register your kit and mail the swabs to the laboratory. The results take a couple of weeks, so we should know who the “daddy” was before the pups are ready to be adopted. It also may shed some light on what our mama dog is mixed with; she looks primarily like a wire hair Jack Russell but also has a rounder head with a short snout.
Stay safe and warm, and please call (856) 691-1500 to report suspected animal cruelty or neglect.
The South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter seeks donations of canned cat and dog food (pate style), kitten and cat chow, hot dogs, peanut butter, stuffable dog toys, pellet litter, paper towels, and gift cards from grocery and pet supply stores.
Pets of the Week
Mamma Ray is a very nice 7-year-old Lab. She is a friendly and lively girl with loads of love to give.
Benny is a very loving dog who is looking for a perfect home. During this last stay, Benny was a favorite of all the staff at the shelter. Benny was recently released to the shelter because he and the other dog in the household weren't getting along. Benny is very dog-social and does well meeting and hanging with other dogs, but would probably be best as the only dog in the home. Benny's family says that he is mellow most of the time, but gets excited to go for walks. He's great with kids but can play rough, so we recommend children over age 12. He bonds quickly to his family and will become your very best friend. Benny is housebroken and crate-trained, 4 years old, neutered, microchipped, and up-to-date on his vaccines. He's ready and waiting for the perfect home to pick him.
Loretta is a lovely girl looking for a family who will keep her busy. She is an active young girl who loves everyone she meets.
Destiny is a lovable 1½-year-old pit mix. She wants nothing more than to cuddle up next to you and make you her new best friend.
It is no secret that Secret the 3-year-old Australian Shepherd isn't your typical dog. She is not only adorable but can also go sledding all by herself. Wochit
Barley is a 4-year-old American Bulldog mix. He is a sweet boy who is affectionate and eager to please.
Jade is a happy-go-lucky 2-year-old pit mix. She is a fun and friendly girl who wants to add that special spark to your New Year!
They don't come any sweeter than our 3½-year-old pit mix Dawn. She is very eager to please and wants very much to love and be loved.
Castiel is a sweet, loving kitten. He was raised in foster care with other kittens, puppies, and adult cats and dogs. He is super-socialized and is very outgoing. Castiel and his brother are part of the ABC Litter.
Dillan and Delanie are cats who were adopted, but returned because someone in the family was allergic. Please adopt these sweet siblings.
Just look at, Mufasa as sweet as can be. This cat loves visitors, so come meet him. He has been waiting a long time.
Sarabi is a sweet 2-year-old cat who also has been waiting a long time. Give her a chance to melt your heart.
Asher is a young, gentle, male kitten who needs a place to call home. Asher is already neutered and ready to go home with you.
Sugar is a sweet girl. This cat is is dog-, cat- and kid-friendly. She and her brother DJ are in foster care.
Gilligan is the only kitten left from his litter. He is lonely and wishes he had a home and a family, too.
The Pets of the Week are just a few of the animals awaiting adoption at the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter.
For information, visit southjerseyregionalanimalshelter.org, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, call (856) 691-1500 or visit the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter at 1244 N. Delsea Drive, Vineland.
Bev Greco is executive director of the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter.
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